STATEMENT: California Senate Leader on PPIC Survey on the Environment

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement on the Public Policy Institute of California’s Survey on Californians and the Environment:

“A clear majority of Californians strongly support our state’s climate policies and expect their elected leaders to build on our progress battling climate change and air pollution while making investments in clean energy across our state. California has the will and strength to act, and our people fundamentally understand our climate agenda needs to strengthened - not weakened - in order to create a sustainable future with cleaner air for our children and grow a renewable energy sector that is now a pillar of our economy. This is why the Legislature should extend our climate targets in statute by passing Senate Bill 32.”

A new Public Policy Institute of California Survey on Californians and the Environment shows that “69 percent of Californians favor the emission reduction goals of AB 32 and 68 percent favor further reducing emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030” – as proposed in Senate Bill 32 (Pavley). The PPIC Survey also found a majority of Californians say that air pollution is a “serious threat” to themselves and their immediate families.